According to legend, San Miniato, beheaded on the Arno in the year 1250, picked up his own head and took it to the mountain where he lived as a hermit in a cave, and buried it in that place.
Sometime after, on his tomb his faithful devotees erected the chapel and it was later transformed during the Romanesque period into the beautiful present church.
The charming façade completely covered with white Carrara marble and green Prato marble is a masterpiece of the Florentine Romanesque period. The oldest part of the façade is the bottom, which is subdivided into five closed arcades where there are three entrance portals. The upper part, constructed from the most refined decoration, has at its center a gabled window topped by a thirteenth-century mosaic of Christ blessing Mary and San Miniato.
Casentino is a valley located north of the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, which has always been suitable for the production of cloths. This is because the raw material, that is wool, was found in large quantities and at an excellent price, due to the presence of many breeding flocks. The Casentino wool makers used […]
Pienza is the perfect tourist ticket for the whole of Tuscany. Art, history and authenticity immersed in a landscape made of hills, cypresses, olive trees and blue sky. They are postcards from a past that becomes a tourist present and that many, especially foreigners but also many Italians, come to rediscover every year. Until 1462 […]
The Mugello valley is one of the most beautiful, fascinating and richest territories in all of Tuscany. We are therefore talking about an area extremely appreciated all over the world for its landscapes, traditions and lifestyle in contact with nature. In fact, a holiday in Mugello puts people back in the right mood: here it […]
There are many places in Italy where the historical and cultural tradition is preserved and represents a tangible testimony of the presence of human settlements since ancient times. Even Tuscany is not far behind and preserves, in its various places, areas where you can breathe history and where the deeds of men are preserved and […]
Italy has always been a country where the tradition is huge and varied, and the various local productions can be very diversified from each other even just by moving a few kilometers within a territory. This is precisely the case of Tuscany and, specifically, of the Londa area, in the province of Florence. It is […]
The Mugello area, in Tuscany, in addition to having a great historical and cultural tradition and being famous today especially for the motor plant that hosts the most important motorcycling and motor racing races, also has a great gastronomic and a long culinary tradition. In Mugello typical foods are produced which are famous not only […]
There are places in Italy that, if traveled by bicycle, give an incomparable charm; wonderful itineraries immersed in nature and which represent the most popular destinations for the many cyclists who every year, especially in summer, decide to take a ride on our peninsula. In this article we deal with a specific Italian area: Mugello. […]
Tuscany in the summer offers many ideas to meet wonderful holidays. Just like in all other seasons, to be honest. Traditions, events, landscapes and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions of this wonderful land. The countryside, the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the museums, the woods, the lakes; these are just some […]